The age of consent refers to the minimum age when a person can legally consenting to sexual intercourse. In Wisconsin, the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 18 years old. At this age, a person can legally consent to sex with any adult, regardless of the age difference between them.
Unlike the majority of states, Wisconsin has a single age of consent. This means that a minor under the age of consent cannot consent to sexual intercourse with a person who is not a minor but is close to the same age.
For example, if a 17-year-old minor and an 18-year-old engages in intercourse, the older partner is legally committing a crime. Further, it is irrelevant even if there is only a 1 day age difference between them, or if the next day, their conduct would be perfectly legal.
Wisconsin Courts punish violators severely. In the most extreme cases (i.e. sex with a person under 13), violators can be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
If you may have committed statutory rape by engaging in sex with a minor, then you should contact a criminal lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can help you determine whether there is a legal basis against you. If so, the lawyer can help defend you or reduce your sentence.
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